Heart tissue samples from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's 60-year-old gorilla Colo, who died of heart disease, have been submitted to the Great Ape Heart Project, a Zoo Atlanta research group working to better understand and prevent heart disease in great apes using data from physical exams, tests and necropsies. In addition to heart disease, Colo also had kidney disease, uterine fibroids, inflammation of the airway and narrow arteries.
A paper published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery notes that Tritrichomonas foetus -- a common cause of chronic diarrhea in young cats that also infects and causes abortion and infertility in cattle -- is resistant to all antiprotozoal medications except ronidazole. The paper raises questions about the parasite, including whether the bovine and feline genotypes are biologically distinct; the possibility of cross-contamination between cats and cattle; and whether all cats exposed to infected animals should be treated.
Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital veterinarians say they treat five to 10 canine marijuana toxicity cases every week, and their caseload has increased since Colorado legalized recreational use of marijuana. Veterinarian Robin Van Metre said dogs respond differently to marijuana than humans, and recreational doses for humans can be dangerous for dogs, which can experience paralysis and death in severe cases.
Earlier this month, veterinarians from Chulalongkorn University's veterinary science faculty removed 11 pounds of coins from a turtle's stomach, but the 25-year-old sea turtle slipped into a coma over the weekend and died of blood poisoning. Veterinarian Nantarika Chansue urged people not to throw coins into waterways where animals might ingest them.
Veterinarian Alan Garett of Everhart Animal Hospital in Texas is treating a dog after someone tried a do-it-yourself approach to splinting both front legs. The front right leg was gangrenous and fell off the dog after the wrap was removed, but Dr. Garett is working to save the remaining leg.
Veterinarian Jordan Woodsworth of the University of Saskatchewan's Western College of Veterinary Medicine said although complications from vaccines do occur, they are rare, generally mild and manageable, and do not obviate the need for proper pet vaccinations. Vaccines are rigorously studied and tested for safety and efficacy, and in addition to protecting animals from illness, they also protect the public, Dr. Woodsworth said.
Despite their hectic schedules and time on the road, many San Antonio Spurs players' fans include pets, such as dogs, cats and snakes. Veterinarian Bonnie Beaver, an expert in animal behavior, says pets provide unconditional love, stress relief and stability.
A frenzied work life makes finding silent times all the more important. Research shows that these planned periods are beneficial in several ways, write Justin Talbot-Zorn and Leigh Marz, who offer four tips for carving out quiet spells.
Everyone is trying to save money these days, including pet owners. But in an effort to cut back on costs, you may receive advice that could end up compromising your pet's health and cost you more money in the long run. The AVMA has developed recommendations on how you can manage the cost of your pets' care with less risk. View AVMA's "Money-saving tips for caring pet owners."
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Martha Washington, first lady
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